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FREE STATE RUGBY CHALLENGE CUP

2019


GENERAL RULES


FORMAT OF THE COMPETITIONS


FIRST LEAGUE


Eight (8) teams will participate in the league. The league will be played as a single round.


Bloemfontein Police I
Ixias (CUT)
Shimlas (UFS)
Irawas (UFS)
Mangaung I
Collegians I
Welkom Club I
Welkom Rovers I


Free State Challenge Cup A


Semi-Finals:


Semi-Final 1:   The team in Position 1 in will play against the team in Position 4

Semi-Final 2:   The team in Position 2 in will play against the team in Position 3


Final:


The winner of Semi-final 1 will play against the winner of Semi-final 2


Free State Challenge Cup B


Semi-Finals:


Semi-Final 3:   The team in Position 5 in will play against the team in Position 8

Semi-Final 4:   The team in Position 6 in will play against the team in Position 7



Final:


The winner of Semi-final 3 will play against the winner of Semi-final 4


SECOND LEAGUE


The Second League will be divided in TWO divisions with Eight (8) teams in Division A and Six (6) teams in Division B. The teams in each division will play a single round against the teams in the division.


SECOND LEAGUE – DIVISION A
BFN Police II
Tjisas (CUT)
UFS Ritsems
UFS U/21
UFS Colts
Steyners I
Welkom Club II
Welkom Rovers II


Free State Challenge Cup - Second League A


Semi-Finals:


Semi-Final 1:   The team in Position 1 in will play against the team in Position 4 in Division A

Semi-Final 2:   The team in Position 2 in will play against the team in Position 3 in Division A


Final:


The winner of Semi-final 1 will play against the winner of Semi-final 2 in Division A


SECOND LEAGUE – DIVISION B
Mangaung II
Crusaders I
Old Grey’s I
Collegians II
BFN Defence Force I
Warriors I


Free State Challenge Cup - Second League B


Semi-Finals:

           

The semi-finals will be played as follow:


Semi-Final 3:   The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division B

Semi-Final 4:   The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division B


Final:


The winner of Semi-Final 3 vs the winner of Semi-Final 4 in Division B

THIRD LEAGUE


The Third League will be divided in TWO divisions with Five (5) teams in Division A and Six (6) teams in Division B. The teams in each division will play a single round against the teams in the division.


THIRD LEAGUE – DIVISION A
Shawas (CUT)
Old Grey’s II
Welkom Club III
Welkom Rovers III
Steyners II


Free State Challenge Cup - Third League A


Semi-Finals:


Semi-Final 1:   The team in Position 1 in will play against the team in Position 4 in Division A

Semi-Final 2:   The team in Position 2 in will play against the team in Position 3 in Division A



Final:


The winner of Semi-final 1 will play against the winner of Semi-final 2 in Division A


THIRD LEAGUE – DIVISION B
Mangaung III
BFN Crusaders II
Old Grey’s III
Collegians III
BFN Police III
Bronville Pioneers


Free State Challenge Cup - Third League B


Semi-Finals:

           

The semi-finals will be played as follow:


Semi-Final 3:   The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division B

Semi-Final 4:   The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division B


Final:


The winner of Semi-Final 3 vs the winner of Semi-Final 4 in Division B


SATURDAY, 06 APRIL 2019
Fixture VenueTime
BFN   Police IvsIxias   (CUT)Bobbies   Park17:30
Shimlas   (UFS)vsIrawas   (UFS)Postponed TBC
Collegians   IvsWelkom   Club IClive   Solomon17:45
Mangaung   IvsWelkom   Rovers IRocklands   Outdoor17:45
BFN   Police IIvsTJisas   (CUT)Bobbies   Park16:00
UFS   Under 21vsUFS Ritsems PostponedTBC
UFS Colts vsWelkom Rovers IIShimla   Park15:00
Steyners IvsWelkom Club IIBobbies   Park15:45
Collegians   IIvsOld   Grey’s IOld Grey’s14:45
Mangaung   IIvsBFN   Crusaders IRocklands   Outdoor14:45
BFN   Defence Force IvsWarriors   ITempe14:00
Old   Grey’s IIvsShawas   (CUT)Old   Grey’s13:30
Steyners   IIvsWelkom   Club IIISteyners14:30
BFN   Police IIIvsBronville   PioneersBobbies   Park14:30
Collegians   IIIvsOld   Grey’s IIIOld Grey’s16:15
Mangaung   IIIvsBFN   Crusaders IIRocklands   Outdoor13:30


SATURDAY, 13 APRIL 2019
Fixture VenueTime
Collegians IvsBFN Police IRamblers16:15
Ixias (CUT)vsShimlas (UFS)CUT Stadium14:45
Welkom Club I vsWelkom Rovers IWelkom Club16:15
Irawas (UFS)vsMangaung IShimla Park16:15
Tjisas (CUT)vsUFS Ritsems CUT Stadium13:30
UFS ColtsvsUFS   Under 21Shimla Park14:45
Welkom Club IIvsWelkom Rovers IIWelkom Club14:45
Steyners IvsBFN Police IIBobbies Park14:45
Collegians IIvsBFN Defence ForceRamblers14:45
BFN Crusaders IvsOld Grey’s IClive Solomon16:30
Warriors IvsMangaung IITBC13:30
Welkom Club IIIvsWelkom Rovers IIIWelkom Club13:30
Steyners IIvsOld Grey’s IIBobbies Park13:30
Collegians IIIvsBFN Police IIIRamblers13:30
BFN Crusaders IIvsOld Grey’s IIIClive Solomon15:00
Bronville Pioneers vsMangaung IIIBronville14:30


SATURDAY, 27 APRIL 2019
Fixture VenueTime
BFN Police IvsMangaung IBobbies Park17:45
Collegians IvsIxias (CUT)Ramblers16:15
Welkom Rovers IvsShimlas (UFS)Welkom Rovers16:30
Welkom Club IvsIrawas (UFS)Welkom Club16:15
BFN Police IIvsUFS ColtsBobbies Park14:45
Welkom Rovers IIvsUFS RitsemsWelkom Rovers14:45
Welkom Club IIvsUFS Under 21Welkom Club14:45
Steyners IvsTjisas (CUT)Steyners14:45
Collegians IIvsBFN Crusaders IRamblers 14:45
Old Grey’s IvsWarriors IOld Grey’s15:45
BFN Defence Force IvsMangaung IITempe15:00
Steyners IIvsShawas (CUT)Steyners13:30
BFN Police IIIvsMangaung IIIBobbies Park13:30
Collegians IIIvsBFN Crusaders IIRamblers13:30
Old Grey’s IIIvsBronville PioneersOld Grey’s14:30


SATURDAY, 04 MAY 2019
Fixture VenueTime
Welkom Rovers IvsBFN Police IWelkom Rovers16:15
Shimlas (UFS)vsMangaung IShimla Park17:00
Collegians IvsIrawas (UFS)Ramblers15:00
Ixias (CUT)vsWelkom Club ICUT Stadium17:15
Welkom Rovers IIvsBFN Police IIWelkom Rovers14:45
UFS RitsemsvsUFS ColtsShimla Park13:30
UFS Under 21 vsSteyners IShimla Park15:00
Tjisas (CUT)vsWelkom Club IICUT Stadium15:45
Shawas (CUT)vsWelkom Club IIICUT Stadium14:30
Bronville Pioneers vsBFN Crusaders IIBronville14:30


SATURDAY, 11 MAY 2019
Fixture VenueTime
BFN Police IvsWelkom Club IBobbies Park17:30
Irawas (UFS)vsWelkom Rovers IShimla Park18:00
Mangaung I vsIxias (CUT)Rocklands Outdoor17:15
Shimlas (UFS)vsCollegians 1Shimla Park16:30
BFN Police IIvsWelkom Club IIBobbies Park16:00
UFS Under 21vsWelkom Rovers IIShimla Park15:00
UFS ColtsvsTjisas (CUT)Shimla Park13:30
Steyners IvsUFS RitsemsSteyners16:00
Mangaung IIvsOld Grey’s IRocklands Outdoor14:45
BFN Crusaders IvsBFN Defence Force IClive Solomon14:45
Collegians IIvsWarriors IRamblers13:30
Old Grey’s IIvsWelkom Club IIIOld Grey’s14:30
Steyners IIvsWelkom Rovers IIISteyners14:30
Collegians IIIvsBronville PioneersRamblers14:45
BFN Crusaders IIvsBFN Police IIIClive Solomon13:30
Mangaung IIIvsOld Grey’s IIIRocklands Outdoor13:30



SATURDAY, 18 MAY 2019
Fixture VenueTime
Ixias (CUT)vsIrawas (UFS)CUT Stadium 16:15
BFN Police IvsShimlas (UFS)Bobbies Park16:15
Welkom Club IvsMangaung IWelkom Club16:00
Welkom Rovers IvsCollegians IWelkom Rovers16:45
Tjisas (CUT)vsUFS Under 21CUT Stadium 14:45
BFN Police IIvsUFS RitsemsBobbies Park14:45
Welkom Club IIvsUFS ColtsWelkom Club14:30
Welkom Rovers IIvsSteyners IWelkom Rovers15:45
Welkom Rovers IIIvsOld Grey’s IIWelkom Rovers14:30
BFN Police IIIvsOld Grey’s IIIBobbies Park13:30



SATURDAY, 25 MAY 2019
Fixture VenueTime
Shimlas (UFS)vsWelkom ClubShimla Park18:00
Ixias (CUT)vsWelkom RoversCUT Stadium17:15
Irawas (UFS)vsBFN Police IShimla Park16:30
Mangaung IvsCollegians IRocklands Outdoor16:15
UFS Ritsems vsWelkom Club IIShimla Park15:00
Tjisas (CUT)vsWelkom Rovers IICUT Stadium15:45
UFS Under 21vsBFN Police IIShimla Park13:30
UFS Colts vsSteyners IUFS Field 2 13:30
Crusaders IvsWarriors IClive Solomon14:00
Old Grey’s IvsBFN Defence Force IOld Grey’s I14:00
Mangaung IIvsCollegians IIRocklands Outdoor14:45
Shawas (CUT)vsWelkom Rovers IIICUT Stadium14:30
Mangaung IIIvsCollegians IIIRocklands Outdoor13:30



SATURDAY, 01 JUNE 2019
Free   State Challenge Cup A
Game   1Position 1 vsPosition 4 TBCTBC
Game   2Position 2 vsPosition 3 TBCTBC






Free State Challenge Cup B
Game   3Position 5 vsPosition 8TBCTBC
Game   4Position 6 vsPosition 7 TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Second   league (Division A)
Game   1Position 1 vsPosition 4 TBCTBC
Game   2Position 2 vsPosition 3 TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Second   league (Division B)
Game   3Position 1 vsPosition 4 TBCTBC
Game   4Position 2 vsPosition 3 TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Third   league (Division A)
Game   1Position 1 vsPosition 4 TBCTBC
Game   2Position 2 vsPosition 3 TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Third   league (Division B)
Game   3Position 1 vsPosition 4 TBCTBC
Game   4Position 2 vsPosition 3 TBCTBC


SATURDAY, 08 JUNE 2019
Free State Challenge Cup A
Winner   Semi-Final 1vsWinner   Semi-Final 2TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup B
Winner   Semi-Final 3vsWinner   Semi-Final 4TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Second league (Division A)
Winner   Semi-Final 1vsWinner   Semi-Final 2TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Second league (Division B)
Winner   Semi-Final 3vsWinner   Semi-Final 4TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Third league (Division A)
Winner   Semi-Final 1vsWinner   Semi-Final 2TBCTBC
Free State Challenge Cup – Third league (Division B)
Winner   Semi-Final 3vsWinner   Semi-Final 4TBCTBC





10 Rugby Clubs compete in the Mangaung Metro League of the Free State Rugby Union.  

The clubs are:

  • Bloemfontein Collegians Rugby Club , Bloemfontein Crusaders Rugby Club, Old Grey’s Rugby Club, Bloemfontein Police Rugby Club, Central University of Technology Rugby Club, Free State University Rugby Club, Mangaung Rugby Club, Steyners Rugby Club, Bloemfontein Defense Force Rugby Club, Warriors Rugby Club

Six teams participate in the league. The league is played as a single round.

  • Collegians I, Mangaung I, Bloemfontein Police I, Irawas (UFS), Ixias (CUT), (Also participates in the Varsity Cup Competition), Shimlas (UFS), (Also participates in the Varsity Cup Competition – Winners 2015)

Town Challenge Cup

Semi-Finals: The team in Position 1 qualifies to play in the Town Challenge Cup final.

The semi-final to be played as follow:

Semi-Final 1: The team in Position 2 in will play against the team in Position 3

Final: The team in position 1 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 1

Rowan Cup

Semi-Finals: The team in Position 4 qualifies to play in the Rowan Cup final.

The semi-final will be played as follow:

Semi-Final 2: The team in Position 5 in will play against the team in Position 6

Final: The team in position 4 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 2

SECOND LEAGUE

The Second League is divided into TWO divisions with seven teams in Division A and six teams in Division B. The teams in each division will play a single round against the teams in the division.

Division A

Collegians II, BFN Police Young Team, Tjisas (CUT), UFS u.21, UFS Ritsems, Old Grey’s I, UFS Colts


Second League A Cup

The semi-finals to be played as follow:

Semi-Final 1: The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division A

Semi-Final 2: The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division A

Final: The winner of Semi-Final 1 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 2


Division B

BFN Crusaders I, BFN Police II, Steyners I, Mangaung II, BFN Defense Force I, Warriors I


Second League B Cup

The semi-finals to be played as follow:

Semi-Final 3: The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division B

Semi-Final 4: The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division B

Final: The winner of Semi-Final 3 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 4


THIRD LEAGUE

The Third League is divided into TWO divisions. Both divisions will consist of five teams. The teams in each division will play a single round against the teams in the division.


Division A

Collegians III, BFN Police III, Shawas (CUT), Old Grey’s II, BFN Defense Force II


Third League A Cup

The semi-finals to be played as follow:

Semi-Final 1: The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division A

Semi-Final 2: The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division A

Final: The winner of Semi-Final 1 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 2


Division B

BFN Crusaders II, Steyners II, Mangaung III, Old Grey’s III, Warriors II


Third League B Cup

The semi-finals to be played as follow:

Semi-Final 3: The team in Position 1 will play against the team in Position 4 in Division B

Semi-Final 4: The team in Position 2 will play against the team in Position 3 in Division B

Final: The winner of Semi-Final 3 vs. the winner of Semi-Final 4


Interessante Statistiek


  • Die Shimlas se reuse-sege van 171-0 op 11 Mei 2019 oor Collegians oortref die vorige grootste sege van 140 – Shimlas klop Oud-Greys op 4/8/2011 op Shimlapark met 146-6. Die Shimlas se 25 drieë teen Collegians ewenaar ook hul Vrystaatse klubrekord van 25 drieë in 1996 teen die einste Collegians (Shimlas wen 141-5).

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  • Justin Taylor (losskakel) se 54 punte op 11 Mei 2019 in ‘n klubwedstryd teen Collegians het Frikkie Naudé (heelagter) se 40 punte in 1973 teen Oud-studente oortref - wat die meeste punte was wat 'n Kovsie-rugbyspeler tot nóg toe vir die eerste span – Shimlas - aangeteken het - en wat 46 jaar gestaan het. Taylor se 54 punte oortref ook Edrich Krantz (48 punte – 1974) se algehele Vrystaatse klubrekord.  

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  • Drie Shimlas - die Springbok-vleuels Jaco Reinach (8 drieë teen Collegians in 1985), Gerrie Germishuys (7 drieë in 1973 teen Oud-studente) en Edrich Krantz (7 drieë in 1977 teen die BOK) - spog met die prestasie dat hulle die meeste drieë tot nóg in 'n Vrystaatse klubwedstryd aangeteken het. Johannes Klinck (Irawas-senter) se 5 drieë op 4/5/2019 teen Collegians was die 25ste keer dat ‘n speler in ‘n Vrystaatse klubwedstryd 5 drieë of meer gedruk het.



Meeste punte in ‘n wedstryd

(+35)


Spelers wat meer as 35 punte in ‘n wedstryd aangeteken het, is:


54 – Justin Taylor (Shimlas tn Collegians – 11/5/2019).

48 - Edrich Krantz (UOVS o.20 tn Glen o.20 - 22/4/74).

44 - Edrich Krantz (UOVS o.20 tn Uitenhage-Collegians o.20 - 24/4/73).

42 - Ernest Viljoen (Weermag t Oud-Greys - 17/4/82).

42 - Frikkie Naudé‚ (Collegians t Oud-studente - 9/7/77).

40 - Frikkie Naudé (Shimlas t Oud-studente - 19/6/73).

40 - Hottie Barnard (Schoemanpark t Ramblers - 5/7/80).

40 - WJ Visagie (Shimlas t Collegians - 22/4/95).

38 - André Fourie (Shimlas t Oud-studente - 23/5/92).

37 - Dolf van Rensburg (Oud-studente t Oud-skoliere - 12/3/94)

36 – André Joubert (Oud-Greys t Oud-studente - 10/8/91).

36 – Reinhardt Erwee (Shimlas t Oud-Greys - 4/8/11).


Grootste oorwinnings

(+100)


Spanne wat seges met 100 punte of meer behaal het (in die volgorde van sege met punte; telling; drieë vir, drieë teen, spanne, datum, plek en liga): .

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171 - 171-0 (25-0): Shimlas kl Collegians I op 11/5/2019: Shimlapark (Vrystaat-uitdaagbeker).

140 – 146-6 (drieë: 22-0): Shimlas klop Oud-Greys: 4/8/2011 - Shimlapark – Cheetah-liga.

136 – 141-5 (25-1): Shimlas klop Collegians: 1996 – Stadsbeker.

130 - 130-0 (20-0): Oud-studente kl Collegians: 8/6/93 - Oud-studente - Stadsbeker.

126 - 126-0 (23-0): Weermag kl Oud-Greys: 17/4/82: Stadion - Stadsbeker.

125 - 125-0 (19-0): Oud-Greys kl Collegians: 5/6/93 - Oud-Greys - Stadsbeker.

117 - 117-0 (19-0): Shimlas kl Collegians 22/4/95 - Ramblers - Stadsbeker.

114 - 114-0 (17-0): Technikon kl Transkei Technikon: 5/7/93: Ikeys - SA Technikon-toernooi.

113 – 127-14 (19-2): Irawas kl Collegians I op 4/5/2019: UV 3-veld (Vrystaat-uitdaagbeker).

107 - 110-3 (20-0): Shimlas kl BOK/Technikon: 28/4/84: Stadion - Stadsbeker.

106 – 113-7: Shimlas kl Schoemanpark (1994) – Stadsbeker.

106 (109-3): Shimlas kl Oud-Greys: 2002 – Stadsbeker.

105 – 105-0 (16-0): Shimlas kl Collegians (1996) – Stadsbeker.

104 - 104-0 (19-0): UV (o.20) kl Glen (o.20): 22/4/1974: Springbokpark - Onder 20-liga.

101 - 108-7 (17-1): Shimlas kl Schoemanpark: 28/5/1994: Schoemanpark - Oorkruisliga.

100 - 100-0 (19-0): UV (o.20) kl Collegians (o.20), Uitenhage: Pelliespark - Vriendskaplik.

100 – 110-10 (18-1): Shimlas kl Mangaung I op 4/5/2019: Shimlapark (Vrystaat-uitdaagbeker).



2018 CLUB FINALES


TOWN CHALLENGE CUP:                                          Shimlas (UFS) vs Ixias (CUT)

ROWAN CUP:                                                              BFN Police I vs Collegians I

SECOND LEAGUE A – DIVISION:                               UFS Ritsems vs UFS Colts

                                             

SECOND LEAGUE B – DIVISION:                               BFN Police II vs Steyners I

THIRD LEAGUE A – DIVISION:                                   Shawas (CUT) vs BFN Police III

THIRD LEAGUE B – DIVISION:                                   Steyners II vs Mangaung III


RESULTS:


Town Challenge Cup:              Shimlas (UFS) beat Ixias (CUT)                        43 – 3

Rowan Cup:                              BFN Police I beat Collegians I                         115 – 7  

Second League A:                    UFS Ritsems beat UFS Colts                            29 – 19

Second League B:                    Steyners I beat BFN Police II                           38 – 14

Third League A:                       Shawas (CUT) beat BFN Police III                    24 – 8

 Third League B:                       Mangaung III beat Steyners II                         32 – 7



Free State Rugby Union had their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 in Toyota Stadium.  


The following awards were handed out during the event:


CLUB FINALES


TOWN CHALLENGE CUP - Shimlas (UFS)

ROWAN CUP - BFN Police I

SECOND LEAGUE A – DIVISION - UFS Ritsems

SECOND LEAGUE B – DIVISION - Steyners I

THIRD LEAGUE A – DIVISION - Shawas (CUT)

THIRD LEAGUE B – DIVISION - Mangaung III



FREE STATE RUGBY UNION CUP WINNERS 2018

CLUBS

KLOPPERS CUP THIRD LEAGUE B - Mangaung III

THIRD LEAGUE CUP THIRD LEAGUE A - Shawas (CUT)

SECOND LEAGUE CUP SECOND LEAGUE B - Steyners I

SECOND LEAGUE CUP SECOND LEAGUE A - UFS Ritsems

ROWAN CUP FIRST LEAGUE B - BFN Polisie I

TOWN CHALLENGE CUP FIRST LEAGUE A - Shimlas (UFS)


FREE STATE SUB-UNION

GEORGE NEL TROPHY: SUB-UNION CHAMPIONS - Barkley-East

HUMAN AUTO TROPHY: SUB-UNION CHAMPIONS - Hibernians

BOETIE STEENEKAMP TROPHY: SUB-UNION PLATE - Crocodiles

M&B SHIELD - Eur-Africans


PRESIDENT’S CUP

BEST CLUB ACHIEVEMENT - University of the Free State


SENIOR PLAYER TROPHY

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Willem Barnard (UFS)

TROPHY :  MOST TRIES - Glen Flitoor (BFN Police)

TROPHY :  MOST POINTS - Nicolaas Charl Naude (UFS)                                            


JUNIOR PLAYER TROPHY

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Jandre Sabbat (UFS)

TROPHY:  MOST TRIES - Louis Johannes Koen (BFN Police)

TROPHY:  MOST POINTS - Wian Schmidt (Steyners)  


JOE VENTER TROPHY

CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Benjamin Janse van Vuuren (UFS)


JOHAN BOTES TROPHY

SECTRETARY / CLUB OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR - Ronwen Fiff


HW VAN NIEKERK TROPHY


COACH / COACHES OF THE YEAR - Melusi Mthethwa                                                                                            

UNDER 21 PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Marnus Boshoff

MOST VALUABLE UNDER 21 PLAYER - Henk Pretorius, Sango Xamlashe

OF THE YEAR                                                                                                                  


The Free State Rugby Woman’s team participated in their first national woman’s tournament in August 2002. 

The Free State Woman’s team participates in the Woman’s Inter-Provincial Tournament.

More Information: Woman’s Inter-Provincial

For more information contact info@fsrugby.co.za


Free State Rugby Union had their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 in Toyota Stadium and Free State Woman's Rugby received the following awards:  

WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bernice Strydom

MOST IMPROVED WOMEN’S PLAYER - Shandré Fouche        

WOMEN’S PLAYER BEST ACHIEVEMENT - Bernice Strydom, Kamohelo Makoele





Primary and Secondary Schools associated with the Free State Rugby Union


Secondary Schools

Bloemfontein Secondary School, Bloemfontein South, Boshof, Castle Bridge, Christiaan de Wet, Batho, Dr Bohmer, Dr Blok, Dr Viljoen, Fichardtpark, Grey College, Hendrik Potgieter, Jim Fouche, Jimmie Roos, Koffiefontein, Koot Niemann, HTS Louis Botha, Martie du Plessis, Navalsig, Petunia, Petrusburg, President Steyn, Rocklands, Sand du Plessis, Sentraal, Staatspresident Swart, St Andrews, Zastron


Primary Schools

Batho, Bloemfontein, Brandfort,Brandwag, Castle Bridge, Credence, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Dr. Visser,  
Fauna, Fichardtpark, Grey College , Heide, Heide Invitation, Jim Fouché, Joe Solomon, Koot Niemann,
Koffiefontein, Martie du Plessis, Olympia, Onze Rust, President Brand, President Steyn, Reddersburg,
Rocklands, Sand du Plessis, Sentraal, St. Andrews, Trompsburg, Universitas, Willem Postma, Zastron


High Schools Association
Deon van Wyk
deonvw@sentraal.co.za
Primary Schools Association
Fanie van Rooyen
vrooyenf@gmail.com



SA Schools players produced by the Free State Rugby Union

 

1974-75                John Matthysen (Sand du Plessis), Jan (JP) Geldenhuys (Grey), Gerhard Weitz (Grey)

1975                      Kobie Fenwick (Grey), Pieter Theron (Grey)

1975-76                Wynand Pretorius (Sand du Plessis)

1976                      Christo Steyn (Louis Botha), Emil-Jan Strydom (Grey)

1977                       Willem Daffue (Grey), Abrie Marais (Grey), Jacques Nell (Grey), Jan Richter (Grey), 

                                Toppie Richter (Grey)

1978                       Riaan Joubert (Grey)

1979                       Ian Sadie (Grey), Chris Smit (Grey), Boeta Nel (Louis Botha), Jaco Reinach (Grey)

1979-80                 Joepie van der Merwe (Grey)

1980                       Hendrik Daffeu (Grey), Jurie Erwee (Grey), Koen Pieterse (Grey), Pieter Sonnekus                                                   (Louis Botha)

1981                       Pieter Sonnekus (Louis Botha), Leon Botha (Grey), Conrad de Beer (Grey),                                                              Scheepers Gouws (Grey), Andrè Greyling (Grey), Grebrand Grobler (Grey)

1981-82                Helgard Müller (Grey)

1982                      Jannie Coetzee (Louis Botha)

1983                      Kalf Giezing (Grey), Gert Marais (Grey), Eben Scheepers (Grey), Kees Stevens (Grey)

1984                      Stompie Fourie (Grey)

1985                      Frans Cronjè (Grey), Johan du Plessis (Sand du Plessis), Henk Prinsloo (Grey)

1985-86                Chet Maherry (Grey), Buks Steenkamp (Grey)

1986                      Pieter de Haas (Grey), Jaco Swanepoel (Grey), Andries Truscott (Grey)

1987                      Jaco Jacobs (Grey), Jannie Theron

1987-88                Ruben Kruger (Grey), Pieter Müller (Grey)

1989                      Naka Drotskè (Grey), Mark McIntyre (Grey)

1990                      Jean Craven (Grey), Nico Linde (Grey), Pieta Steenkamp (Grey)

1990-91                Alex Fenwick (Grey), Andrè Venter (Grey)

1991                     Ollie le Roux (Grey), Werner Swanepoel (Grey), Hugo Venter (Grey)

1991-92                Stephen Brink (Sentraal)

1992                      Chris Louw (Grey), JR Oosthuizen (Grey), JR Oosthuizen (Grey)

1993                      Chris Dercksen (Grey)

1995                      Hannes Cloete (Jim Fouchè)

1997                      Noël Oelschig (Grey)

1998                      Izak Job (President Steyn), CJ van der Linde (Grey)

1999-00                Wian du Preez (Grey)

2000                      Willie Steenkamp (Grey)

2001-02                Bismark du Plessis (Grey)

2002                      Ruan Pienaar (Grey), Riaan Vermeulen (Grey)

2003                      Gert Greyling (Sand du Plessis), Alwyn Hollenbach (Grey), Steph Roberts (Grey), Adriaan                                     Strauss (Grey), Richardt Strauss (Grey), Flip van der Merwe (Grey)

2004                      Herman Pretoruis (Grey), Heinrich Brüssow (Grey), Deon Stegmann (Grey),

2005                      Sewes Oosthuizen (Grey)

2006                      P.W. van Vuuren (Grey)

2007                      Robert Ebersohn (Grey), Roelf Pienaar (Grey), Coenie Oosthuizen (Grey), Moeka Bolofo                                       (Louis Botha), Hadley Smith (Grey)

2008                      Francois Venter (Grey), Franna du Toit (Grey)

2009                      Riaan Britz (Grey), Piet Lindeque (Grey), Pieter Rademan (Grey), Jean Cook (Grey), 

                              Carl Wegner (Grey), Stephan Kotze (Grey)

2010                      William Small-Smith (Grey), Johan Goosen (Grey), Anrich Bitzi (Grey), Neethling Fouchè                                       (Grey), Kevin Luiters (Grey), Paul Jordaan (Grey)

2011                      Leneve Damens (Grey), Nhlanhla Hlongwane (Louis Botha), Ruwellyn Isbell (Grey),                                               Jan Serfontein (Grey), Dries Swanepoel (Grey), Pieter Jordaan (Grey)

2012                     Ox Nche (Louis Botha)

2013                      EW Viljoen (Grey), Ruan Kramer (Grey)

2014                      Victor Maruping (Louis Botha)

2014-15                 Ig Prinsloo (Grey)

2016                      Rewan Kruger (Grey)

2016-17                 Rikus Pretorius (Grey)

2017                      Christopher Schreuder (Grey), Ruhann Greyling (Grey)

2018                      Herman Aggenbag (Grey), De Wet Marias (Grey), Wyclif Vlitoor (Grey)


The Free State Province is divided into two rugby regions, namely the Griffons and Cheetahs (Free State Rugby). Free State Rugby covers the Mangaung- and Xhariep Districts and Griffons cover the Thabo Mofutsanyana-, Lejweleputswa- and Fezile Dabi Districts.  


VUKA Program for Schools


The VUKA Program for Schools is a competition for u.15 players and is presented incorporation with the SA Rugby Legends organisation. The SA Rugby Legends organisation provides jerseys for the players. The competition is in its second year and focuses on the age gap between u.13 and u.16.

10 Schools from the Mangaung Metro participated in 2017. For 2018 the competition has been expanded to include 12 additional schools from the Xhariep District in addition to the 8 from Botshabelo and Bloemfontein.

The Xhariep region has been divided in two: East which includes Zastron, Reddersburg, Edenburg, Trompsburg, Bethulie and Gariepdam and West which includes Petrusburg, Jagersfontein, Koffiefontein, Philippolis and Fauresmith.

The competition started in April and was played in three leagues – each region playing in their own league with a final. Four teams were selected to take part in the Iqhawe week in Johannesburg from 1-4 October 2018.

Under 16’s league

u.15 Players from 2017 league launched a new u.16 league of which a combined team participated in the Free State trails for the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week. This initiative forms part of the Long Term Player Development Initiative to track and guide players from junior level right through to senior level.

Township League

Schools in the townships participate in the Primary and Secondary School leagues. Participating schools started their own Township League and select the best players to participate in the Primary and Secondary School trials.

Let’s Play

 

Various schools from Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu participate in the annual Let’s Play programs, supported by SuperSport. This program focuses on teachers and learners.  

Free State Rugby invests a lot in the development of teachers and coaches with the Boksmart Safety Program and the World Rugby Level 1 coaches’ course.

Get Into Rugby Program

The World Rugby Program is a program supported by SA Rugby and focuses on 6-8-year-old boys and girls.

Coaches are all registered with World Rugby and enrol in an Educators Course before they can qualify for the program.

The program works on a World Rugby syllabus and is presented to learners during school hours. The program is safe for all and cleverly formulated that a rugby field is not required to complete the course. All activities can be done on the playground or hard surface without any contact. All coaches are reimbursed by World Rugby.

TAG

All u.9 players play Tag Rugby and focus on basic rugby skills before moving over to contact rugby in a later age group.

Contact info@fsrugby.co.za


The Executive of the Free State Rugby Referee Society for 2019/20 is:

Chairman: Shawn Kortje

Vice Chairmen’s: Weyers Strydom and Marlize vd Merwe

Additional Member:  Martin Lekhanya

Treasurer:  Nico Cloete

Referee Manager:  Skillie le Roux - referees@fsrugby.co.za

To become a referee: 

Contact referees@fsrugby.co.za 


The Year End Function of the Free State Rugby Referee Society was held on 16 November 2018. As always it was done in the form of a banquet where all the members were acknowledged for their performances during the year. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors the Free State Rugby Union, Amanzi Private Game Lodge, Darling Cellars, Mazars Auditors, Angels Haven Guesthouse and Mr Kobus Visser and the members themselves.

The President of the Free State Ruby Union hand over the 40-year Service award to Mr Gary Kotze

Mr Ref - This Trophy is awarded to the referee who is in the view of the Junior assessment committee the most promising beginner referee in 2018. Winner:  Sharydon Kouta

Wimpie Jonker Merit Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the member that showed good form during the 2018 season in the Sub Union. Winner: Reggie Waterboer

Willie de Kock Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the second league referee who showed the best performance in the 2018 season. Winner:  Tiaan Engelbrecht

Hennie du Plooy Trophy - / This Trophy is awarded to the first league referee (excluding SA Rugby Panels / Squads) who showed the best performance in the 2018 season. Winner:  Tiaan Steyn

The Referee Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to any member who during the 2018 season has contributed the most to the Referee Society. Winner:  Lourens vd Merwe

Retief Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the referee who showed the most progress in his referee abilities in the 2018 season. This trophy is unique in the sense that a referee can only win this trophy once in his career as a referee. Winner:  Darren Colby

Gerrit Coetzee top referee Trophy - This trophy is awarded to the referee who officiated in the highest ranked international or local rugby match. Winner: Jaco Peyper as the referee at Australia vs New Zeeland Bledisloe Cup and France vs England 6 Nations.


FS referees take charge of Currie Cup finals


The Currie Cup Premier Division final will be contested on Saturday afternoon between Western Province and the Sharks at Newlands in Cape Town, and while it is not one of the teams from the Free State competing, there will still be representation by one of the most important men on the field, the referee.

Jaco Peyer of Bloemfontein will be taking charge of the Currie Cup final for a fourth straight year, and seeing that he is one of the top referees in the world, it comes as no surprise.

Apart from Peyer, two more referees from the Bloemfontein will be in action this weekend during the U19 and U21 finals respectively. The young Griffin Colby has been appointed as the referee for the U19 match between the Sharks and Blue Bulls, while the former HSBC Sevens World Series referee and all-round nice guy, Ben Crouse, will take the whistle in the U21 final between the Blue Bulls and the Golden Lions.

This is a huge achievement for the trio and the Free State, however, one cannot forget about Jaco Kotze, who was in charge of the 2018 Craven Week “final” between Western Province and the Sharks at Paarl Boys’ High School in the Cape.

The manager of the Free State referees, Skillie le Roux, says that the four have done the region proud.

“It is definitely a big honour for Griffin (Colby) to be allocated the slot for the final. I am very glad for him and it is a testament to all the hard work that he has put in during trying circumstances. Jaco (Kotze) also refereed the Craven Week final this year, and he is very hard working individual as well. I think that for him to have gotten that game was also just reward. One doesn’t also get these kinds of rewards, and one doesn’t always see what goes into it. There is a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes for this to happen.

“This will also be very good for our sponsors, as it will be a good return on their investment. Ben (Crouse) officiated the annual derby between Grey College and Paul Roos this year. The feedback that we received for his handling of the game has been exemplary. We have received this feedback from all the games the Free State referees took charge of.

“These appointments don’t just happen, there is always a good reason that this happens. It’s about your performance during the year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have us taking charge of the finals.”

Next year’s U18 Craven Week at Grey College in Bloemfontein will be another fantastic opportunity to show the country why Free State referees can be considered to be the best.

Story by Morgan Piek